Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
History, Facts and Overview
(Salt Lake City, Utah - UT, USA)
The origins of Salt Lake City Airport began in 1911, when a landing strip was built on marshy land known as the Basque Flats. By the early 1920s, the city had acquired more than 100 acres / 40 hectares around this strip and began developing an airfield, which soon went by the name of the Woodward Field. Commercial civil flights commenced in 1926 and in 1930, the rapidly expanding airfield was named as Salt Lake City Municipal Airport and now comprised more than 400 acres / 160 hectares.
The 1950s saw the arrival of the jet plane age and improvements were made to the main runway to accommodate these large aircraft. In 1960, a new passenger terminal was completed, built at the cost of around $8 million. In the following decade, Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) grew dramatically in size to more than 7,000 acres / 2,830 hectares, when further land was purchased.
Today, facilities at Salt Lake City Airport are comprehensive and provide plenty for waiting travelers. Onsite are banking branches, currency exchanges and cashpoints, all of which are operated by Zion's First National Bank. Also available is a lost property office on the mezzanine floor of Terminal 1, a Regus Express business center with private offices, play areas for children, the Crown Room lounge area operated by Delta AirlinesSky Cap services, and mail facilities, including a stamp machine and a FedEx Drop Box.
Those in need of translation services will find more than 200 different languages supported at the information desk, while if shopping is how you plan to pass your time, airport shops and in plentiful supply and include ATG Gifts, Brookstone, Daily News, New Exchange, Rocky Mountain and the Warehouse. Also at Salt Lake City Airport are almost 30 eateries, such as the Blue Burrito Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, the Terrace Restaurant, Quiznos, Starbucks and the Wall Street Deli.